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Unit Overview


This is a conceptual development unit that prepares a student for completion of their sound design studies in the final capstone unit MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project. Students research theoretical concepts and explore the practical development of works that conceptually model an advanced creative sound art proposal. In addition to the development of preparatory sound sketches, prototypes and models, all students are expected to participate in peer group discussion seminars and develop a written proposal that effectively communicates their creative goals and technical requirements for a major sound art project in MUSC3572.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design; Music major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) develop effective strategies for self directed research and practice; (2) develop a high level of practical skills in appropriate sound and, if applicable, image technology; (3) summarise and communicate via written and verbal means, inventive conceptual/theoretical frameworks; (4) selectively use digital media applications to develop and demonstrate sound sketches, prototypes and models; and (5) complete and present a cohesive conceptual model for the development of well resolved sound art works.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written proposal; (2) portfolio of sound sketches/prototypes; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
Any two units selected from: MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes.
MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations.
MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space.
MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week (seminars, tutorials)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.